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Natural Awakenings New York City

Designing an Open House to Wellness

Apr 11, 2012 05:31AM

Embarking on a new partnership, Natural Awakenings Magazine and Stonehenge Properties are on the path to creating a more holistic approach to living in Manhattan by bridging the gap between Stonehenge residents and the communities where they live. Awareness, teamwork and social responsibility were among some of the key points discussed at this month's Wellness Summit held at The Olivia, one of Stonehenge's luxury rental properties overlooking trendy Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

Armed with a common goal in mind – building healthier communities together, Natural Awakenings Magazine and Stonehenge want to share that message with a larger audience. "It's all about renovation, renewal, restoring, revitalizing … let's get back to what's happening in our neighborhoods," Stonehenge Creative Director Michael Stern told a group of wellness industry leaders attending the morning event. Whole Foods Market provided a bountiful display of fresh fruits and other breakfast items.

"I think this is a new paradigm. It really hasn't been done before," Stern said. "We need to share with people what your mission is, we need to share this amazing community of people in Manhattan who are the caretakers of human beings," he told Wellness Summit attendees. Stonehenge is taking steps to build better communities by giving back to local neighborhoods where its properties are located, company representatives explained.

Stonehenge is actively involved with the 34th Street Partnership, Times Square Alliance, Gramercy Park Block Association and SOHO Partnership.

In addition to Natural Awakenings and Whole Foods, Stonehenge also has established Lifestyle Partnerships with organizations such as Covenant House, the James Beard Foundation, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Windowfarms, Eco-Concepts, Wearable Collections, Local Warming through Yoga, Broadway Kids Center, Urban Girl Squad, Mashadi, Bella Life and God's Love We Deliver.

The Wellness Summit and upcoming Earth Day Expo with Stonehenge are part of a unique wellness series that offers a platform to promote and encourage a change for the better. The Earth Day celebration runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Stonehenge’s Ritz Plaza Park at 235 W. 48th Street. The event is free and open to the public. Natural Awakenings Magazine Publisher Tina Woods emphasized how important it is to make real connections with readers and business clients who are serious about ushering in new ways of thinking about healthy alternatives in a stressful world. "We're very excited to be moving along and really getting out into the community now," Woods said.




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Story/Photos: Tania Fuentez is a New York-based professional journalist and visual artist. Visit her blog, A Journalist's Journey, at and online portfolio at